Population: 2.1 million (2012)
Official language: Macedonian
Major religions: Christianity, Islam
IFES movement: Student Evangelical Association of Macedonia (SEAM)
North Macedonia is a south-eastern European country that declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Some 65% of the population is Eastern Orthodox (mainly Macedonians), 33% is Muslim (mainly Albanian) and the number of the evangelical Protestants is less than 0.3 % of the population.
Being an Evangelical Christian is a challenge, because there is a strong connection between national identity and the Eastern Orthodox church. The same issue is with Albanians and Islam. Evangelical churches started growing in the 1990's. Although religion became more prominent, there is still a prevailing post-modern secular mindset, especially among students.
- 4 tertiary institutions, 1 IFES group in Skopje
- 4 full-time workers
- no graduate or high school ministry yet, but there is a plan
- largest group: 5-15 students in Skopje
S.E.A.M. is grateful to be a part of the IFES world movement from where they have great encouragement and support to keep hold of its vision ‘One student at a time’.
They are also grateful for having their own apartment in the city centre where they host Bible study meetings and cook lunch for the students who are not from the capital and are far from their homes.
In 2013, the movement started the ‘Washing Machine Evangelism’ project for students in dormitories who have no laundry services. The movement decided to tackle the issue and is providing practical help to the students, with the aim of sharing Christ.
- for the students to grow in their faith, responsibility and maturity, to catch the IFES vision and to be 'living stones' among their peers;
- for SEAM to form a core team and to have a staff worker;
- for the ‘Washing Machine Evangelism’ project to reach students who feel uneasy about coming to the SEAM office to use this service;
- for God's leading in this transition period with a new General Secretary position.